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Mac & Cheese w/Applewood Bacon

There is nothing more comforting then a warm bowl of homemade mac and cheese. But i did turn the volume up just a tad by adding thick cut apple wood bacon…. Who doesn’t love bacon

Dishing It Out With Clarissa

This is a fairly easy recipe to follow. If you can’t find white cheddar cheese you can use a medium to sharp cheddar. Muenster cheese can be substituted for velveeta cheese. Also to truly make this homemade, make your own bread crumbs and combine with crumbled Applewood bacon .


1 pound of pasta (spiral)
3 cups of milk
1/2 cups of half&half
4 tablespoons of butter
4 tablespoons of flour
4 cups of sharp white cheddar (separated)
1 cup of Munster cheese (or similar type)
8 ounces of cream cheese
salt and pepper to taste

For the  Bacon-Bread Crumb Topping 

8 strips of Applewood bacon
3 slices of white bread toasted
Drizzle of olive oil
Salt & Pepper
and any other seasoning you like to make your own bread crumbs or you can use ready-made measure 1/2 cup of bread crumbs.


For Bacon-Bread Crumb Topping:

Cook bacon till crispy, lay on…

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About Dish With Clarissa

Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

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